Drama

The Drama department at George Salter Academy consists of a highly skilled team of practitioners who are equally passionate about the educational value of Drama in giving all young people a voice to express themselves. Drama is a very popular subject at the Academy that offers different pathways in Key Stage 4 and 5 depending on the preferred learning style of our students.

The subject is delivered within two bespoke spaces including the Green Room Theatre, with a 200 raked seating that is fully equipped with a professional lighting rig and sound system. There is also a more intimate Drama studio adjacent to the theatre that is used for smaller scale projects and performances.

Enrichment

The Drama department takes the delivery of Drama activities outside of the curriculum just as seriously as what is taught within lesson time. All students are invited to audition for the whole school production that has previously included Les Miserables, Chicago and High School Musical. We also offer LAMDA acting qualifications, KS3 Drama club and Talent performance opportunities.  Rehearsals and study support are also a vital part of what we do within the Drama department. Rarely a week goes by without our students shaping, developing and sharing their practical work or working alongside members of the department on improving their practice within written exams/coursework.

Cultural Capital Opportunities

The Drama department believes that in order to create good theatre, it is essential that our students are given regular opportunities to watch live theatre and work with different practitioners. Recent and upcoming trips include Noughts and Crosses, War Horse, A Monster Calls and Dr Faustus. 

We have offered workshops with an exciting range of high profile theatre artists including Frantic Assembly and Splendid Theatre Company. Established links have been made with universities and drama schools to help prepare our older students for making that important next step into higher education such as Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University, RADA and LAMDA.

Performing outside of the Academy has also become a reality for many of our young people who have shared their talents on the professional stage including Birmingham Rep and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. This year, we hosted National Youth Theatre auditions, with four of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students successfully selected for this prestigious company out of 6000 participants. 

Excellence in Performing Art (EPA) Scholarship

George Salter Academy can provide 20 places per year for students who have an aptitude for Music, Dance or Drama.

Contact

Mrs J. Clark (Head of Drama), email: [email protected]

"Drama is a subject where you can open up, share your ideas and create something unforgettable."

"I am inspired through Drama and it helps me when I have had a bad day. The teachers help to bring us together to perform and enhance our ideas. The department brings out the true personalities of all the students."

"The GSA Drama department offers excellent opportunities to all students such as performing to a live audience and taking trips to watch other performances."

Drama offers an interesting range of topics and styles of Drama in Key Stage 3 to encourage students to explore the subject through the eyes of an actor, director and designer. In designing our curriculum we have aimed to provide many different ways of exploring drama through devising, scripted and technical aspects of the subject.

Careful choices have been made about the issues and ideas explored through lessons so that they reflect what is happening in the world around us and allow all students to become critical audience members and engaging performers.

For every topic, a homework booklet has been created to develop literacy skills and encourage participants to evaluate the work produced. Typical topics that you can expect to study include:

Year 7

New Beginnings, The Fog, Introduction to Practitioners, Our Teacher is a Troll, The Demon Headmaster, Devising from Stimulus

Year 8

Behind the Scenes, Darkwood Manor, Bringing Texts to Life, Staging Script and Practitioners, Critiquing Live Theatre

Year 9

Devising from Stimulus, Performing Scripted Material-Monologues, duologues and group work, Exploration of DNA.

GCSE Drama

Students can also study GCSE Drama which focuses upon developing a breadth of subject knowledge within the performance strategies, mediums and elements of drama, as well as developing students understanding and interpretation of topics, scripts, characters and performance appreciation skills.

GCSE Drama will engage students through the use of their vivid imaginations, focus on practical work which reflects modern theatre and develop skills that will support progression to further study drama and a wide range of other subjects. The qualification has three components, one that focuses on devising, one that focuses on performing in or designing for a performance from a text and one that focuses on practical understanding of a performance text. Students will be assessed through a combination of internal moderation, live examiner marking and external marking of their written paper. The GCSE Drama components are as follows:

Component One: Devising - Students will create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus. They will analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance through the development of a written and/or oral portfolio of between 1500-2000 words.

Component Two: Performance from Text - Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a play that will be presented to an external examiner.

Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice (Written Paper) - Students will complete a 1 hour 45 mins written paper based on a play they have studied and a theatre production they have watched.

With Cultural Capital Opportunities:

2018-2019

  • Backstage tour at Birmingham Rep
  • Splendid’s Dr Faustus at St Michael’s School  
  • English and Drama Cross Curricular Blood Brothers, Birmingham Hippodrome
  • National Youth Theatre auditions

Whole School Productions

2016- Les Miserables and Grease

2017- West Side Story.

2018- Sister Act and Chicago

2019- High School Musical  

At KS5, the Drama Department offers several courses. Please view our dedicated Sixth Form section for more information on the courses available.